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Shana Burton

Shana Burton

Genres:
Contemporary
,
Romance
As a child, Shana Burton created adventures for her imaginary friends. Growing up, she took her mother's love of soap opera romance and drama and her father's love for books and found her own creative outlet in writing. Shana's first poem was published when she was 9, her first novel when she was 13. Today a mom, college administrator and Georgia Book Awards nominee, Shana has written several novels.
Q&A: Shana Burton

Q&A: Shana Burton

(August 2011)
The author talks about her contemporary romance, CATT CHASIN': The Lord is speaking, but will they all be too caught up in their own agendas to listen?

Q: WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR CATT CHASIN’?
It was inspired by a good friend of mine. After my divorce, he anointed himself as my dating coach. He gave me a lot insider male secrets like the basketball dating rotation and little tests and traps men set for women to see if they're "worthy." It was all very fascinating to me (and disconcerting because we dated in college). I thought it would be a great premise for a book.

Q: WHO ARE THE AUTHORS WHO INSPIRE YOU?
Zora Neale Hurston is my all-time favorite author, so I'm definitely inspired by her. I also really enjoy the authors on the Urban Christian imprint. Unfortunately, I don't get to read as much as I used to because I'm always writing.

Q: HOW DOES YOUR FAITH INFLUENCE YOUR WRITING?
My faith has a big impact on everything I write. Being an author gives me a voice, but it also gives me a huge responsibility to represent the Christian faith in a positive light. I try not to write anything that would hinder anyone's Christian walk. The characters I write about are far from perfect, and I try not to glamorize their mistakes. It is important for my writing to show that, while we serve a forgiving God, there are consequences for our actions.

Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU KNOWN YOU WANTED TO BE AN AUTHOR?
I've always known I wanted to be an author. As a child, my dream was to be either an author or a flower.

Q: WHAT DO YOU MOST HOPE THAT READERS GET FROM READING YOUR WORK?
Of course, I hope readers are thoroughly entertained, but beyond that, I hope that they learn there's always room for improvement, to grow, and to become better. I always hope that they come away with some spiritual enlightenment and feeling like reading my book was time and money well spent.
 
 

 

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